Training at my AeT is uncomfortably easy – will I get fit?

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  • #56778

    Dear team,

    I am on the 16 weeks mountaineering training and need to be fit for Aconcagua in January. I on day 11 of my training and set the AeT after the drift test to 131 bpm.
    Training at or below my AeT seems uncomfortably easy. I like training on the stair climber and when I was training for mountains before I did it at level 7 or 8 intensity with 155-170 bmp where I challenged myself, doing 4000 steps/hour.

    Following the 16 weeks training plan I will be at level 2 when training at or below my AeT at 131, doing 2000 steps/hour. I sweat but don’t feel challenged at all at those training sessions.

    Am I doing it right? will my AeT be adjusted in the ‘trainingPeaks’ app automatically or do I need to do another drift test from time to time and adjust it manually?

    Thank you for your support.

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    matthias-dxb on #56779


    I was watching the video under this link about training ME:

    the speed of the ME training would set me quickly far above a conversational heart rate and I would struggle with my ME and heart rate.
    Generally I realised to be slower on the mountain than other climbers, but consistent.
    I think it comes back again to train my AeT, increase my speed and lower the general bpm.

    Shashi on #56786

    Am I doing it right?

    Yes, stay below your AeT and you will eventually see your AeT increase.

    will my AeT be adjusted in the ‘trainingPeaks’ app automatically or do I need to do another drift test from time to time and adjust it manually?

    You will have to do another heart rate drift test and update your heart rate zones in Training Peaks

    matthias-dxb on #56787

    Thx Sashi

    matthias-dxb on #56857

    Dear Sashi,

    can recommend a coach on the TrainingPeaks app, who can guide me during my 16 weeks training, check on the performance and adjust together with me.

    I got connected with one coach, but he seems not be aware about Uphill Athlete and its methodologies. He was wondering about the structure of the plan itself, so I thought maybe you have some good recommendations.

    I also signed up for a call, but so far, no feedback yet from Uphill Athlete.


    Shashi on #56862


    I believe there is an 8-week wait time to get paired up with an Uphill Athlete Coach. Let me send a note to the coaches and check.

    Shashi on #56871

    Matthias – John Frieh from Uphill Athlete will reach out to you shortly.

    matthias-dxb on #56886

    Thank you so much, Sashi

    matthias-dxb on #57332

    Hi Sashi,

    5 weeks into the training now in my 16 weeks plan I have another question.
    I was seeing some dashboards in the forum and also in your article about the 24 weeks experience.

    I was averagely fit when I started the training plan but the plan started from 0.
    I attached my current dashboard and was wondering if I just continue or do I need to adjust the starting fitness?
    does the dashboard looks fine for my training efforts or do you suggest to change anything.
    I would wish to have a faster TSL incline over the time. shall I stick to the plan or may I train harder?

    What is a suitable TSL for climbing Aconcagua?

    Thank you very much,

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    Shashi on #57382


    I believe you are referring to CTL (Chronic Training Load) metric.

    Check this Training Peaks article about estimating starting CTL. Depending on the average hours of training you did prior to starting this training, you can estimate and use the starting CTL.

    Once you have about six weeks of data, Training Peaks should have enough data to calculate your CTL assuming you are accurately entering the TSS.

    Check this forum topic which is specific to Aconcagua. Scott has provided some great input on estimated CTL for Aconcagua (60-70) and some considerations for CTL assessment.

    I understand that you would like to see your CTL improve, but simply training harder might result in overtraining/injury if your body is not ready to handle the training load. So it is important for you to assess how you feel and gradually increase the training load.

    Hope this is helpful.

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